Frances Ferrari, 89, passed away peacefully in her home in East Hampton, N.Y. on October 26, 2012.
Born in Hackensack, N.J., on July 15, 1923, to Anthony and Rose (Urato) Lucente, Frances graduated from Hackensack High School in 1941. She spent her childhood summers with relatives on the old Peach Tree Farm in East Hampton. She was a hairdresser with her father and had her own beauty salon in Paterson for a number of years.
Frances was the last of the nice people, a selfless treasure who took care of everyone and was only satisfied when everyone around her was happy. She knew how to nurture a family, from her husband, children and grandchildren to her many cousins, nieces and nephews. Frances was a loving, happy and caring woman who cherished family above everything.
Whether it was a large family holiday dinner or chicken soup for an after-school treat, Frances cooked splendid Italian food for every occasion. With every meal she cooked for her family, with every day that she watched over us, Frances ensured a better future for every member of her family.
While her children will always grieve her loss, they feel privileged to have wonderful memories of such a special mother.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, whom she married in 1946. She is survived by her brother Jack Lucente of East Hampton, N.Y.; son Cosimo (Guadalupe) Ferrari of Malone, N.Y.; daughters Joanne (Anthony) Griffo of North Haledon, N.J.; Rosemarie Ferrari of East Hampton, N.Y.; and Annette (Ruben) Romero of North Haledon, N.J.; three grandchildren, Steven Ferrari of Queens, N.Y.; Jessica (Rodney) Ferrari-Smith of Chicago, IL.; and Juliana (Ryan King) Griffo of Culver City, CA.; and one great-grandchild, Jolie Smith.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 PM and 7 to 9 PM October 28 at Yardley & Pino in East Hampton. Funeral is scheduled for 10 AM October 29 at Most Holy Trinity R.C. Church in East Hampton, with interment to follow.